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all true, brother Gordon. Strong belief in energy work can certainly temporarily lessen or even eliminate pain. But unless the Reiki or whatever accidentally shreds existing trigger points, the pain will return soon after leaving the treatment room.
Oral Roberts and Benny Hinds faith healers momentarily cured a lot of people, but by the time the sufferer got back to their seats, the pain was flaring again. I attended a few of those revivals back in the day. I was amazed when faith healer Sister Ruth, Jimmy Carter's sister, walked the aisles, suddenly pointed to a parishioner and proclaimed, "You have a cancer! God has enabled me to see it as a glow. Stand up!" She then forcefully touched a spot on the lady's breast, then announced, "Your cancer is gone! God gave me the power to take away that cancer, so when you go to your doctor, ask for a new chest x-ray, and the scan will be clear!" That lady was my sister, a week previous in her yearly health exam she had been declared perfectly healthy, no lumps in her breasts, no spots on her lungs. I really hate shysterism.
Mental depression is a terrible thing. I believe that state of mind...the not caring if you live or die, or wanting to be ill to gain sympathy (the Munchhausen Effect) can indeed make you ill, can in a few months encourage the growth of serious illness. Belief ain't likely to heal a broken leg or realign bones or release trigger points. But "faked" limping in someone who wants to be ill, etc can indeed cause the development of trigger points. .
Cindy engel said:
Placebo real. Energywork not? Interesting. How do you think 'belief' influences the body? If you can answer that you can heal the world as you will have explained how consciousness and matter interact.
Placebo is not a sign of weakness in a modality. That is just pharmaceutical company propaganda. Placebo is another word for activation of self healing and is what ALL modalities should be looking to enhance and enable.
I am skeptical about all sorts of bodywork both physical and energetic. Many therapists have no idea what their conceptual framework is (including massage therapists).